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Re: First attempt to use preseeding



Jon Dowland wrote:
On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 07:23:27AM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
Jon Dowland wrote:
On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 04:13:17PM -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:
It appears to me that my preseed.cfg file is not being read at all.

OK. I don't know the nature of the problem you are trying to fix,

The nature of the problem is  that I have found *NO NONE NADA*
complete explicit instructions of  what to do when handed THREE
objects:
  1. dedicated laptop capable of running Debian
  2. Debian 6.0.5 DVD 1 of 8
  3. a USB stick which may be partitioned and formatted as required
on which can be placed a pressed.cfg.
NOTE BENE: The word "network" does not appear in that description.

OK. I am not familiar with trying it this way. I've only done it by
fetching the preseed file over the web via url=<preseed file> passed
on the kernel command line to the installer.

What I have found is incomplete and conflicting descriptions of
portions of the procedure(s) required drawn from various Debian
releases.

Yes. Me too.

but could
it be reproduced/triaged in a virtual machine? It might be much quicker/easier
to explore kicking off the installer in a VM, which you can interrupt/throw
away and start again very quickly.

Based on over 50 years of trouble shooting experience

Let's discount that from before personal computers or virtual machine
technology existed, shall we?

Successful troubleshooting philosophy for Babbage's Analytical Engine will have much in common with those for the computer of tomorrow with a 1024 bit buss width and terabyte main memory.



I cannot see the benefit of adding a VM to the mix when the problem is lack
of documentation.r

Agreed. I thought, from your first message, you were trying to debug a
bug in the installer,

Not quite. I was not trying to _debug_ the installer. I was trying to _document_ that a bug exists. The bug only appears If a perverse permutation of options are chosen during the install. Publishing a preseed.cfg that exhibited the problem seemed a good means.


 in which case a VM can be very useful. I've just
been doing pretty much exactly this earlier in the week, which is why
I replied to your message.

When I wrote "Is there a "Preseeding for Newbies" page somewhere? ", I was
indicating that I was new to Linux not that I did not have background to draw
on.

I concur that the documentation, as it stands, sucks.


I don't think it "sucks". It has a more subtle problem. It is implicitly written for an audience of which the author is a member. The result may not be useful to a member of a different audience.



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